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1 Cor. vii 34. She that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
Eph. v. 22. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Col. iii. 18.
Ver. 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church.
Ver. 24. As the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be unto their own husbands in every thing.
Ver. 33. Let the wife see that she reverence her husband.
1 Tim. ii. 11. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. Ver. 12. I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence, for Adam was first formed then Eve. Ver. 13.
v. 14. I will that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
Tit. ii. 4. That the aged women teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.
Ver. 5. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
1 Pet. iii. 1. Wives, be in subjection to your own husbands. Ver. 6. Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord. · Concerning women's apparel. Sce 1 Tim. ii. 9. I Pet. iii. 3, 4.
DUTIES TOWARDS CHILDREN.
LXVI. To provide for their support. Gen. xxx. 30. Jacob said, and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?
Prov. xiii. 22. A good man leaveth an inheritance to his childrens children. 1 Chron. xxviii. 8.
2 Cor. xii. 14. The parents ought to lay up for their children. 1 Tim. v. 8. If a man provide not for his own, specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
LXVII. To defend them. Neh. iv. 14. Fight for your sons and your daughters, your wives and your houses. See Exod. xxii. Numb. i. 12.
LXVIII. To pray for them. Instances. Gen. xvii. 18. Abraham prays for Ishmael. Ver. 20.
2 Sam. xii. 6. David for his child. Ver. 21.
Job i. 5. Job for his sons.
LXIX. Instruct them. Gen. xviii. 19. I know Abraham that he will command his children and his houshold after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment, that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Exod. x. 2. Tell into the cars of thy sons, and of thy sons son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, that ye may know how that I am the Lord.
Deut. vi. 6. These words which I command thee this day shall be in thine heart, and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy chil dren, and talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Ver. 8, 20, 21. Ch. xi. 18, 19.
Deut. xxxii. 46. Ye shall command your children to do all the words of this law.
Prov. xxii. 6. Train up a child in the way he should go, &c. Isa. xxxviii. 19. The fathers to the children shall make known thy truth. Ps. lxxviii. 4, 7.
Joel i. 2. Give ear all ye inhabitants of the land.
Ver. 3. Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
Eph. vi. 4. Fathers, provoke not your children, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Col. iii. 21. See also Deut. iv. 9, 10.-xxxi. 12, 13.
LXX. Particular heads of instruction. Exod. xii. 26. When your children shall ask, what mean ye by this service?
Ver. 27. Ye shall say it is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he slew the Egyptians.
xiii. 7. Thou shalt shew thy son, saying, this is done because of that which the Lord did to me when I came out of Egypt. Ver. 14. Jos. iv. 20. Those twelve stones which they took out of Jordon, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.
Ver. 21. Saying, when your children shall ask their fathers, what mean these stones?
Jos. iv. 22. Then ye shall let your children know, saying, the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan before you.
Ver. 24. That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord that it is mighty.
1.XXI. Parents careful to instruct children, were. Gen. xviii. 19. Abraham. 1 Chron. xxviii. 9. David. Prov. iv. 3. Samuel's mother. Prov. xxxi. 1. Timothy's mother and grandmother. 2 Tim. i. 5.
LXXII. Correcting Children. Prov. xiii. 24. He that spareth the rod hateth his son, but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. xiv. 18. Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
xxii. 15. Foolishnesss is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
xxiii. 13. With-hold not correction from the child.
Ver. 14. Thou shalt beat him with a rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
xxix. 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Ver. 17. Correct thy son and he shall give thee rest, yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. See Deut. viii. 5. 1 Tim. iii. 4.
This duty neglected by David. 1 Kings i. 6. By Eli. 1 Sam.ii, 22,&c, LXXIII. Parents careful to marry their children into religious families. Gen. xxiv. 2. Abraham said to his servant,
Ver. 3. Swear by the God of heaven and earth, that thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, &c. Ver. 4, 38: See also, Ch. xxvii. 46-xxviii. 1, 6.-xxxviii. 6. Transgres sed by Esau. Gen. xxvi. 35.-xxviii. 8, 9. Marriage with the heathen inhabitants of Canaan forbidden, for the ill consequences of such marriages. Exod. xxxiv. 16. Deut. vii. 3. Jos. xxiii. 12, 13. Judg. iii. 5, 6, 7. 1 Kings xi. 1 to 12. Ezra ix. 2, 12. Neh. xiii. 23 to 27.
386 Children among the promised Blessings.
LXXIV. Portions given to children by parents. Gen. xxv. 5. Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.
Ver. 6. But unto the sons of the concubines which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts and sent them away from Isaac.
xlviii. 21. Israel said to Joseph, ver. 22. I have given thee one portion above thy brethren. The oldest son by the law of Moses was to have a double portion. Deut. xxi. 15, 16, 17.
CHILDREN AMONG THE PROMISED BLESSINGS.
LXXV. Children are among the promised blessings of God to man kind. Gen. i. 21. God blessed Adam and Eve, and said unto them be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.
viii. 15. God spake unto Noah, saying, ver. 16. Go forth of the ark, thou and thy wife, and thy sons and thy sons wives with thee.
Ver. 17. And be fruitful and multiply upon the earth. Ch. ix. 1, 7. xiii. 14. The Lord said unto Abram, ver. 16. I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Ch. xxii. 16, 17.
xv. 5. The Lord said to Abram, look toward heaven and tell the stars if thou be able to number them, and he said unto him, so shall thy seed be.
xvii. 1. The Lord appeared unto Abram and said unto him,
Ver. 5. Thy name shall be called Abraham, for a father of many nations have I made thee.
Ver. 6. I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and will make nations of thee and kings shall come out of thee. See Hagar. Ch. xvi. 10. -xvii. 20.-xxi. 13.
xxvi. 2. The Lord appeared unto Isaac and said, ver. 4. I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven.
xxviii. 14. The Lord said unto Jacob, thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. See Ch. xxxv. 9, 11.—xxxii. 12.
xxxiii. 5. Jacob said, these are the children that God hath graciously given thy servant. Isa. viii. 18.
LXXVI. Children promised. Gen. xlviii. 19. Jacob said, Ephraim's seed shall become a multitude of nations.
xlix. 22. Joseph is a fruitful bough.
Gen. xlix. 25. The Almighty shall bless thee, with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Lev. xxvi. 19. I will make you fruitful and will multiply you. Numb. xxiv. 7. It is said of Jacob, his seed shall be upon many
Deut. vii. 13. The Lord thy God will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee.
Ver. 14. Thou shalt be blessed above all people, there shall not be male nor female, barren among you. Exod. xxiii. 26.
xxviii. 4. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body. Ver. 11.
Jos. xxiv. 3. I took your father Abraham, and multiplied his seed. Neh. ix. 23. Their children thou multipliedst as the stars of hea
Job v. 25. Thine offspring shall be as the grass of the earth. Isa. xlviii. 18, 19.-xlix. 20.
CHAP. XVII. Children among the promised Blessings.
Ps. cxiii. 9. He maketh the barren woman to be a joyful mother of children.
cxv. 14. The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.
cxxvii. 3. Children are an heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
cxxviii. 3. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, by the sides of thine house, thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Ver. 6. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children.
cxliv. 12. That our sons may be as olive plants, our daughters like corner stones. See also, Deut. i. 10.-x. 22.-xiii. 17.-xxviii. 62. 63. Jos. xxiv. 3. Job xlii. 12, 13. Ps. cvii. 38. Prov. xiv. 28. Jer. iii. 16.-xxx. 19.-xxxiii. 22. Ezek xvi. 7.-xxxvi. 10, 11.-xxxvii. 26.
LXXVII. A desire of having children is naturol to mankind. Instances. Prov. xxx. 16. The grave and the barren womb are not satisfied. Gen. xi. 30. Sarah Abram's wife was barren. Ch. xvi. 1, 2, 3. She gave her handmaid to Abram, and said, it may be that I may obtain children by her.
xv. 2. Abram said, Lord, what wilt thou give me seeing I go childless, to me thou hast given no seed.
xviii. 10. The angel said, Sarah shall have a son. Ch. xvii. 19. Gen. xviii. 12. Sarah heard it and laughed.
xxiv. 60. They blessed Rebekah and said, be thou the mother of thousands of millions.
xxv. 21. Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren, and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
xxviii. 1. Isaac blessed Jacob and said. Ver. 3. God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful and multiply thee.
xxx. 13. Leah said, happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed. Ver. 20. I have borne six sons.
xxix. 31. Rachel was barren. Ch. xxx. 1. She envied her sister, and said unto Jacob, give me children or else I die.
xxx. 23. Rachel conceived and bare a son, and said God had taken away my reproach.
1 Sam. i. 3. Hannah had no children. Ver. 10. She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord and wept sore.
Ver. 19. And the Lord remembered her. Ver. 20. She conceiv and bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, because I have asked him of the Lord. Ch. xxvii. For this child I prayed, and the Lord hath given me my petition.
Luke i. 7. Elizabeth was barren. Ver. 13. The angel said unto Zacharias, thy prayer is heard, thy wife shall bear thee a son.
Luke i. 24. Elizabeth conceived and said, thus hath the Lord dealt with me, to take away my reproach. Ver. 25.
LXXVIII. God's care of mothers. Gen. ii. 16. Unto the woman the Lord said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception, in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children. 1 Tim. ii. 15. Nevertheless she shall be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith and holiness with sobriety.
xlix. 25. The Almighty shall bless thee with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
388 The Wicked punished in their Children. CHAP. XVII.
Deut. vii. 13. He will bless the fruit of thy womb. See Exod. xxi. 21. Hurt not a woman with child.
LXXIX. God's care of children. Exod. i. 17. The midwives saved the men children alive.
Ver. 21. And God made them houses.
Ps. xxii. 9. Thou art he that took me out of the womb, and didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
Ver. 10. I was cast upon thee from the womb, thou art my God from my mother's belly. Ps. lxxi. 6.
Jonah iv. 11. God said should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons, that cannot discern them between their right hand and their left?
Mark x. 14. Jesus said, suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Ver. 16. And he took them in his arms, and blessed them, and said, of such is the kingdom of heaven.
LXXX. The grief of parents at parting with their children. Gen. xliii. 14. Jacob said, If I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved. Ch. xlii. 38.-xliv. 29, 31.
Job xxix. 2. Job said, O that I were as in months past.
Ver. 5. When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me.
LXXXI. Godly parents blessed in the happiness of their children. Deut. iv. 40. Thou shalt keep his statutes, that it may be well with thee, and with thy children after thee. See Ch. v. 29.-xii. 25, 28.
Ps. xxv. 12. He that feareth the Lord, ver. 13. His seed shall inherit the earth.
xxxvii. 25. Yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Ver. 26. His seed is blessed.
cii. 28. The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee.
cxlvii. 13. He hath blessed thy children with thee.
Isa. xliv. 3. I will pour my blessing upon thine offering. See Ch.
Ixi. 9.-lxv. 23.
Jer. xxxii. 39. I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them and of their children after them.
THE WICKED PUNISHED IN THEIR CHILDREN.
LXXXII. The wicked punished in the calamities of their children. Exod. xx. 5. I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. Ch. xxxiv. 7. Numb. xiv. 18. Deut. v. 9.
Numb. iv. 33. Your children shall wander in this wilderness, forty years, and bear your whoredoms.
Job xxi. 9. God layeth up the iniquity of the wicked for his children. Isa. xiv. 21.
Jer. ii. 9. With your childrens children will I plead, saith the Lord. xxxii. 18. Thou recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them. See an instance, 2 Sam. xii. 14, 15.
LXXXII. Particular calamities threatened against the children of the wicked. Captivity. Deut. xxviii. 33. Thy sons and thy daughters